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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Nina Philadelphoff-Puren


Previously coded ENH4195


This unit critically explores traditional 'law and literature' debates. It explores the way in which the signifiers 'law' and 'literature' function in this context. It then examines a number of critical approaches to law, from Critical Legal Studies, Critical Race Theory, Queer Theory and Feminism. The unit will then focus specifically on the theory of discourse analysis as developed through the work of Foucault and Fairclough. It will then consider Australian feminist legal scholarship, with a particular emphasis on the question of bodies, narrative and textuality. Students will read several Australian High Court judgements over the semester and a range of literary texts.


Seminar paper: 20% (1500 words)
Short essay: 30% (3000 words)
Major essay: 40% (4500 words)
Participation: 10%

Contact hours

2 hour seminar per week